WORKSHOP: Liberating Poetic Chaos


Steve Ely

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Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 2:00pm
Harold Wilson Building (HW2/33) University of Huddersfield, 2pm-4pm
£10 / £5 concessions
Steve Ely
Huddersfield Literature Festival

Emily Dickinson's poetry emerges from a chaotic inner life in which biographical elements (a repressed middle class upbringing, sexual frustration, mental and physical illness) are transformed by a visionary imagination informed by her religious training, experience of the American civil war, a love of nature, the observational eye of a scientist – and the existential terror and exhilaration she felt when she contemplated the fierce and fathomless powers of the inscrutable Universe she found herself thrown into.


Participants will identify the elements of Dickinson's chaos and complete writing exercises in her style and spirit.